4 Tips For A Smile-Healthy Breakfast

4 Tips For A Smile-Healthy BreakfastIt’s officially fall in Olathe, KS today. Autumn can often mean slowing down a bit to enjoy life, but sometimes, schedules can stay hectic. Hectic schedules can mean skipping breakfast or grabbing something from a drive-thru. However, there is a reason that breakfast is known as the “most important meal of the day.” It sets the tone for your day’s nutrition and it provides your body fuel to get you through. To keep a breakfast healthy for your smile, there are a few things to keep in mind:  (more…)

Bruxism? Should I Be Worried?

Bruxism? Should I Be Worried?If you have never heard the word, “bruxism,” before, it may not mean much to you at all. If you have been told that you may be experiencing bruxism, you might start to worry. Bruxism is the habitual clenching of the jaw and grinding of teeth. It can be caused by stress, misalignment of the bite, missing teeth, or a sleep disorder. If you notice yourself waking up with a sore jaw or headaches, you may be grinding your teeth while you sleep. You may also notice that you unconsciously clench your jaw throughout the day, which can be another sign that bruxism is effecting your life. Bruxism can have negative effects on your smile, but there are ways to protect your oral health. Talk to you dental team in Olathe, KS if you think it may be affecting you.  (more…)

Is It Too Early To Plan For My Holiday Smile?

Is It Too Early To Plan For My Holiday Smile?You may be one of those people that love hearing holiday music all year long. Maybe when you see the grocery store aisles in Olathe, KS full of Halloween candy, you already start thinking of your New Year’s Resolutions? You may also be a person who only wants to think about Santa during December and not a second sooner. No matter how you feel about the holidays, if you are a person who likes to have a beautiful smile for the season – you may want to start planning for it now. Some cosmetic updates to a smile can take longer than others. (more…)

Times When Whitening Will Not Work

Times When Whitening Will Not WorkDo you look in the mirror and feel insecure about the color of your teeth? Perhaps you have tried endless methods of whitening at home, but still feel frustrated at the dullness or yellowing? Maybe you have just one or two teeth that look differently than the rest of your smile? While there are times when a whitening treatment can help you get the smile shade you are looking for, there are also times when a whitening treatment will not work. Even a professional grade whitening treatment cannot help stains that are not on the surface of natural teeth. If you are frustrated with the color of your smile, talk to your dentist in Olathe, KS about options to change it.  (more…)

Should I Be Cleaning My Tongue?

Should I Be Cleaning My Tongue?Nearly all of us learn how to brush and floss when we are children. Some people are taught to clean their tongue in this oral hygiene routine while some others are not taught to do that at all. So, the question stands. Do you need to clean your tongue every day? Do you need to clean your tongue ever? The short answer is yes, you should be cleaning your tongue. Your dental team in Olathe, Kansas can help you learn more hygiene techniques during your routine cleaning and exam.  (more…)

Are Dental Fillings Just For Cavities?

Are Dental Fillings Just For Cavities?Many people believe that fillings only treat cavities and tooth decay. While that is a big part of the role that fillings play in dentistry, fillings can also restore teeth affected in other ways. Tooth-colored, composite fillings can treat cavities, restore damage, and help address the negative effects of teeth-grinding. Restoring a tooth is important to protect it from further damage, decay, or eventual tooth loss. A tooth restored with a filling can look and act like a natural tooth. Your dental team in Olathe, KS can give you more specifics as to why a filling may have been recommended for your smile.  (more…)

Old Settlers Festival Is Back This Weekend!

Old Settlers Festival Is Back This Weekend!The Johnson County Old Settlers Festival is back in Olathe, KS this weekend for its 120th year!  This year’s theme is the 1960s, which means there will be a lot of tie-dyed shirts, peace, and happiness. The festival features the biggest parade in Kansas, which will happen on Saturday morning. There are hundreds of vendors selling local crafts, wares, foods, and drinks. As always, there will be live music and plenty of entertainment. The bands this year include The Rippers and Funk Syndicate. Each day of the festival includes an ice cream social and a carnival. There are carnival rides for the whole family to enjoy. (more…)

What Are Mouth Tori?

What Are Mouth Tori?Have you ever heard a term for something that then brought that something into a whole new light for you? For example, did you know that the way it smells after rain has a one-word term to describe it? Petrichor is the word for the smell after the first rain in awhile. The bony growths in your mouth has a term, too: tori mandibularis. They are harmless, but it can be unsettling to find with your tongue if you had never noticed it before. There is usually no need for treatment unless they are interfering with another important treatment. Your dental team in Olathe, KS will best advise you on your smile’s needs.  (more…)

Is Your Smile Making Noises?

Is Your Smile Making Noises?Does your mouth make noises? No, we’re not talking about the voluntary noises that you make like words or whistles. Does your mouth make sounds uncontrollably? Are they consistent sounds that happen every day or every night? Does your jaw frequently click or pop? Do you snore when you sleep? Is your mouth so dry that you hear your lips and gums smacking? If you said yes to any of these questions, your mouth might be trying to tell you something. Some sounds could be a sign that an issue or problem is happening inside your smile. Talk to your dental team at E-Care Dentistry if you notice consistent sounds from your mouth.  (more…)